(The Art of Dreaming)
The Gateway to Infinity; The Gateway to the Light and to the Darkness of the Universe
“There are seven gates,” he said as a way of answering, “and dreamers have to open all seven of them, one at a time. You’re up against the first gate that must be opened if you are to dream.”
“Why didn’t you tell me this before?”
“It would’ve been useless to tell you about the gates of dreaming before you smacked your head against the first one. Now you know that it is an obstacle and that you have to overcome it.”
Don Juan explained that there are entrances and exits in the energy flow of the universe and that, in the specific case of dreaming, there are seven entrances, experienced as obstacles, which sorcerers call the seven gates of dreaming.